" A classic is classic not because it conforms to certain structural rules, or fits certain definitions (of which its author had quite probably never heard). It is classic because of a certain eternal and irrepressible freshness. "
Edith Wharton

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The Interpretation of Dreams Is Published

Dr. Sigmund Freud introduced his authoritative theory on why people dream and the true meaning of these dreams in his book The Interpretation of Dreams. The book introduces Freud's concept of the ego and describes his theory of the unconscious with respect to dream interpretation. According to Freud, dreams are all forms of "wish-fulfillment," or attempts by the unconscious to resolve a conflict of some sort. How many times did Freud revise his book?



The Magyars

The Magyars, a nomadic people, migrated from the Urals to the Northern Caucasus region around 460 CE. They remained there for roughly 400 years, until the advance of the Pechenegs forced them west into what is now Romania. They arrived in Hungary towards the end of the 9th century, displacing the resident Huns and Slavs. The Magyars currently comprise 92% of the Hungarian population; consequently, the words Magyar and Hungarian are used interchangeably. What is the origin of the latter term?

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Walter Cronkite

"Uncle Walter" served as CBS Evening News anchor from 1962 to 1981, during which time viewer opinion polls found him to be the "most trusted man in America." He reported the newsworthy events of the era so effectively that his image and voice are closely associated with the Cuban missile crisis, the Vietnam War, the Apollo 11 Moon landing, and the Watergate scandal. Cronkite experienced a rare loss of composure during one 1963 broadcast when he was forced to announce what event?

Last updated on Sunday, 4th November 2007

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